Just recently, Thomas Cook has come forward to tell the world that they are sorry about the death of an English Bulldog. Reports show that this dog apparently died on one of their flights to Gatwick Airport. The dog, whose name was Buster, was owned by a member of the armed forces. He was returning from duty in Cyprus. Unfortunately, the dog would not survive the flight. The airline said that god was found dead in its container.
After the death of the English bulldog, the airline was fined 6,500 pounds. They were also ordered to pay 12,000 pounds. The airline had first tried to plead not guilty to causing unnecessary suffering. The airline did say that they are considering whether or not to appeal against the decision or not.
Reports show that West Sussex Country Council trading standards officers were called to the airport after the dog’s body was found. Mid Sussex magistrates were told at a three-day trial in Haywards Heath that the snub-nosed breeds, like the English Bulldogs, are more susceptible to breathing problems in times of stress.
The magistrates also heard that Buster’s container was too small for him. This more than likely caused him unnecessary suffering during transportation. However, the court also heard that, before the flight, unauthorized personal were permitted to move Buster’s container in order to take a photograph of him for personal purposes. The West Sussex Country Council said that this may have contributed to Buster’s stress.
It was on Friday that Thomas Cook Airlines was found guilty of unnecessary suffering. They were also charged with using a transport container that was not the correct size for the breed and two counts of incorrect labeling of the transport container.
A spokesman for Thomas Cook said that Buster’s owner was a witness for the airline at the hearing. The owner did not hold the company responsible at all. He went on to say that the airline carried more than 3,000 animals on its flights in the last three years without incident.
The spokesperson went on to say that the airline is very sad about this mishap. The airline sends its sincere apologizes to Buster’s owner for the distress that was caused. The airline is disappointed with the ruling made by the court. The airline wants people to know that they take the welfare of animals very seriously, and they want to work with suppliers to meet all required standards.
The truth of the matter is pretty simple. Sometimes these kinds of things just happen. Whether the airline is responsible for this or not, people need to understand that traveling in an airplane is very stressful on pets. Animals are not 100 percent sure what is going on during a plane ride, and this typically causes them stress.
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